Steve Wells

Steve Wells

Steve Wells has been in technology for some time – he wrote his first program on punched cards in the 80s – and has worked in myriad coding, management and coaching roles for many years. Having been an agile, XP developer for many years, he struck out as Scrum Master and Agile Coach around 10 years ago and has since been heavily involved in transformation at Sky, M&S and, latterly, giffgaff. He is a keen proponent of OKR-driven Lean UX which, let’s face it, is basically agile as it was originally envisaged before all these frameworks and certs took over, and speaks regularly on the subject. A regular blogger and speaker at conferences such as Agile Cambridge, Agile Business and CIPD, he is always ready to provoke discussion even if unpopular. Particularly with QAs and Jira lovers…


Anybody else getting bored of posts about “agile stuff” like burn down charts, velocity variation, scrum certifications and other minutae of agile processes and methods? I wonder how agile companies who concentrate on these things, or simply care about them, really are, and if their digital transformations have changed much. Do they just use Scrum as a veneer, but still do “projects” that are successful if “on time and to budget” (instead of whether they delivered customer value or not) or just go round and round the scrum mouse wheel getting things to “done” but not delivering frequently,

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